Postcard Example: A Guide to Postcards

Who still sends postcards in this age of technology? You may wonder! But did you know that according to PostCrossing, 688,519 postcards were received in the U.S? Sending a postcard is seemingly a more personalized affair than posting a picture on Instagram or Facebook.

Taking time to craft a postcard for your family, friend, or relative is a thoughtful surprise! It shows that you genuinely miss a person and you are thinking about them. ​A postcard may also have information about company news such as new products, promotions, and events for people working in the business space.

To help you understand more about a postcard, this blog post will cover what a postcard is, how to write a postcard, how to address a postcard, and what to write on a postcard.

What is a postcard?

A postcard is a single rectangular sheet of thick paper or thin cardboard, intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. It measures at least 3.5 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inches thick and measures no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches. It bears an illustration or address of a place for easier mailing purposes and is usually sent without an envelope.

A postcard is commonly used for personal correspondence, containing a simple message of greeting such as Happy Birthday, Thank You, and Congratulations! Postcards are also printed with advertisement information from businesses to reach out to potential customers.

How to create a postcard

Creating a postcard can be fun, but it is also important to note that it is not cheap. If you received the postcard as a gift, it would be great to send back one. There are several ways to create a postcard:

  • You can use online websites like CorelDRAW or mobile apps to create and design your postcard.
  • You could also use various types of cardstock at home to make postcards by hand! Creating DIY postcards is another excellent way to incorporate photos, drawings, stickers, tape together, and even glitter onto your artwork.
  • You can also create postcard templates that you can print out to fill in manually. Templates are most often printed on white cardstock paper with space for adornment and message at the back of the card, with an image on the front.

After creating a postcard, you need to know how to address a postcard, how to write a postcard, and what to write on it:

How to address a postcard

Address on a postcard is vital for the postal delivery system. It is also needed for mail tracking so that the sender and receiver can follow up with the whereabouts of their postcard! Here are steps to follow when addressing a postcard:

  • Write the recipient's address on the back of the postcard. It should be written on the right-hand side of the postcard.
  • Address the recipient on the left-hand side of the postcard by writing their name.
  • Write the date
  • Craft your message
  • Finally, sign your postcard

How to write a postcard

When writing a message, it should be short but meaningful, which is why offline cards are considered more effective than online messages. People tend to remember more on email and social networking site posts when images are included in the content.

However, people who like sending handwritten notes or feel that they still connect with old friends through this medium will find an attached piece of paper wordy by today's standards.

The latter can make it harder to get attention amidst emails and other online content. Plus, postcards may also have a personal touch, such as being written by hand instead of printed. It is also important to note how you address your recipients (Dear John vs. Hi John).

What to write on a postcard

There are various things that you can write about in your postcard. One of which is a message for someone's birthday or another special day. There are cards made explicitly with pre-printed messages such as "Happy Birthday!” so if they receive this card, they don't need to be reminded of their happy day.

You can also write about other occasions and celebrations like New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Independence Day (or any country's specific major holiday). If you want to send these greetings to someone you know who supports the military, there are also unique Hallmark Cards commemorating Veterans' Day and Memorial Day.

Other occasions when you should send a card include upcoming or recently held weddings, births of children, and new job promotions. If you cannot decide what to say, a simple greeting is always welcome.

In summary

A postcard is a simple and easy way of sending greetings and feelings to your loved ones. However, you need to understand how to address a postcard, how to create a postcard, and what to write on it! Once you have that down, sending a card will be much easier! If you want to design a postcard for your friends and family, check out CorelDRAW. With its pro tools for layout, vector illustration, typography, and photo editing, you can embark on your design journey despite your skills level.

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